It’s spring, and we all know what that means: UFO sightings across the country are about to spike. According to a new book, in some places those sightings are really about to spike.
Written by two UFO experts—one a former aerospace analyst and the other a former librarian at the National Academy of Sciences and NASA—the new UFO Sightings Desk Reference compiles 14 years of data culled from the National UFO Reporting Center and the Mutual UFO Network, and analyzes it into more than 370 pages of charts, tables, graphs, and analysis. The resource is the first of its kind and unveils all sorts of interesting trends about close encounters in the U.S., drilling down into timing, geographical location, county—and even shape of unidentified flying objects reported. (For the record, those shapes are flying circles, spheres, triangles, discs, ovals, and cigars—just in case you ever need to report your own unexplained sighting.)
Somewhat unsurprisingly, California, the nation’s most populous state (and seemingly also one of the most cosmically inclined), reported the most sightings. Los Angeles County alone reported about 3,200 sightings, much more than many other entire states.